Instagram Gets Hit With A Fruit Themed Spam Attack

Posted Jun 30, 2013

Have you noticed a barrage of fruit pictures in your Instagram News Feed?  Mobile photo social network, Instagram, has been hit with a fruit-themed spam attack.  It is unknown how spammers were able to access the accounts belonging to the users that were attacked.  One of the captions says: “Ever seen this stuff? I guess its super healthy, im giving it a try. I saw it on Dr Oz’s show! Link is in my bio #lovemyfollowers #health.”  The hyperlink belongs to Bitly and it has been clicked over 35,000 times.  The link takes users to a fake BBC page that promotes weight-loss coffee.

Bitly flagged that link and warned users not to click on it.  The fake website may ask users to input their username, passwords, and credit cards.  The spam attack has spread rapidly on the News Feed across Instagram’s 130 million active monthly users.  However, Instagram has sent out password-reset e-mails to users that may have been affected.

“Earlier today a small portion of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were posted from their accounts. Our security and spam team quickly took actions to secure the accounts involved, and the posted photos are being deleted,” stated an Instagram when speaking to The Next Web.